Following organic method, this lady grows vegetable garden on terrace, fruit garden in backyard
Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvallam native Priya Santhosh was interested in agriculture from a very early age. She also maintained a small herbal garden at her house too. She had planned to expand the herbal garden during this vacation with the help of children. But the COVID-19 outbreak affected all her plans.
However, Priya was not ready to give up. She collected maximum vegetable seeds and saplings and started cultivating vegetables. Her husband works as assistant general manager in the Air Traffic Control unit of the Airport Authority. He got a long vacation during the lockdown and he also helped Priya in agriculture.
Thus Priya developed a vegetable garden on their 600 square feet terrace and a fruit garden in the 4-cent plot behind the house. She had already collected fruit saplings prior to the lockdown.
She also collected the maximum amount of coconut husk and treated it. Cow dung, cow urine and fermented groundnut cake are used as fertilizer. She experimented with a mixture of bird's eye chilli, garlic and neem oil for pest control and it proved to be a success.
Apart from vegetables for daily use, turmeric, ginger, bush pepper, rose apple, mulberry, guava, mango tree, jackfruit tree, Java plum, Indian jujube, sapota, Indian hog plum, rambutan, aloe vera, mint, coriander, Malabar nut, basil and many other plants are grown in Priya's gardens.
Priya is of the opinion that patience and hard work are essential for organic farming. Plants should be protected from pests when they are saplings. Healthy plants will survive adverse conditions and provide better yield. Every plant has a life period. If it is maintained for a longer period, it will get affected with diseases and spread it to other plants also.
Priya wishes to share the knowledge she acquired through observation and experiments with others also. She has some plans for this purpose. Her family also supports her ventures.